Self Managed Super Fund

Are my self-managed super fund investments safe?

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Is your super fund a dud?

John Collett It's the time of year when super funds send annual statements for the year to June 30 to fund members. It provides the perfect opportunity to check if your fund is a dud.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

Find the ideal member of a self-managed super fund

Sam Henderson Managing your own superannuation has many advantages but it's not for everyone - so who is it for?

SMSF MASTERCLASS

A self-managed super fund needs an investment strategy

Sam Henderson If you're going to mange your own superannuation, a written investment strategy is an essential element to your retirement success.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Your Questions: Should we start a self-managed super fund?

More and more Australians are opting to manage their own superannuation schemes.

Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

SMSF MASTERCLASS

One big difference with a self-managed super fund

Sam Henderson One of the biggest differences of self-managed super is the ability to use borrowed money to invest.

Can a compromise be found for self-managed super fund investment property borrowing ban?

The SMSF Association's Graeme Colley is hopeful the government will compromise rather than restoring an outright ban on borrowing in super.

Sally Rose The federal government is less likely to impose an outright ban on the $550 billion self-managed super fund industry borrowing to buy investment property, according to industry groups.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Should I start a self-managed super fund?

Richard Livingston Should I start a self-managed super fund? If you're asking that question of your own volition, the answer is probably YES

Super compromise fair and logical

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Daryl Dixon Top marks to the government for dumping the deeply flawed proposal to introduce a backdated lifetime $500,000 non-concessional contributions cap.

Furore over super reforms is overblown: Mark Bouris

There are enough incentives that super makes sense.

Mark Bouris The superannuation system is a tax system, and as annoyed as we are about changes, governments do change tax policy.

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The $25,000 hit to women in the super backdown

Women's career breaks make it harder to accumulate a healthy superannuation balance. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon The compromise over superannuation includes a delay in the plans to let people roll over their concessional contributions, which will hurt carers, particularly women.

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Tax status unclear for public sector defined benefit pensions

Daryl Dixon Former public servants with generous retirement benefits face a grey area in determining how their pension will be taxed.

Tech-focused super product called Spaceship to target millennials

Spaceship founders Paul Bennetts, Andrew Sellen, Dave Kuhn and Kaushik Sen have raised $1.6 million from tech heavyweights.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes is leading a who's who of the Australian technology industry in backing a new superannuation product with a technology focus aimed at millennials.

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Top-up super to low paid held hostage by contentious reform package

John Collett The longer the politics over the reforms to the superannuation tax breaks continues, the worse it will be for the growing proportion of the workforce working part-time and casually.

Why big tech is the worst place for young Australians to invest right now

Chris Brycki, founder of automated investment advisor Stockspot, says the technology sector is too frothy.

Chris Brycki The launch of a new super product with a technology focus targeted at millennials has attracted attention, but caution is warranted.

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Scott Morrison's super cap change a cave-in to the wealthy

The minority of people who have the means to take advantage of the cap has cause to celebrate.

John Collett The best tax shelter for the well-off this side of the Cayman Islands survives pretty much intact after Scott Morrison's super changes.

Five reasons we don't have a retirement savings crisis

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons There are powerful vested interests pushing the idea that Australians need to save more for retirement.

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Reforms to super tax breaks are fair

John Collett

John Collett The Turnbull government's plans to rein in the super tax breaks going to the well-off are modest and fair.

Labor flip-flops on super: Shorten wants changes to contributions tax and deductions

Labor has performed a back flip on the super policies it took to the election.

Noel Whittaker Just when we thought we had a set of proposed changes to the superannuation system that everybody could agree on, and which were seen to be fair, Labor is trying to move the goalposts again.

Investing in your own name can be more tax-effective than super

The main point of superannuation as an investment vehicle is it's tax effective.

Noel Whittaker The pending changes to superannuation could force people to think outside the box and end up much better off by doing so.